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By Adam Wesley Dean

The universal tale of the Civil struggle tells of a predominately agricultural South pitted opposed to a swiftly industrializing North. despite the fact that, Adam Wesley Dean argues that the Republican Party's political ideology used to be essentially agrarian. Believing that small farms owned by way of households for generations ended in a version society, Republicans supported a northern agricultural excellent against southern plantation agriculture, which destroyed the land's productiveness, required consistent western enlargement, and produced an elite landed gentry antagonistic to the Union. Dean indicates how agrarian republicanism formed the talk over slavery's growth, spurred the construction of the dept of Agriculture and the passage of the dwelling house Act, and laid the basis for the improvement of the earliest nature parks.

Spanning the lengthy 19th century, Dean's examine analyzes the altering debate over land improvement because it transitioned from targeting the production of a virtuous and orderly citizenry to being obvious essentially as a "civilizing" venture. via exhibiting Republicans as women and men with backgrounds in small farming, Dean unveils new connections among doubtless separate historic occasions, linking this era's perspectives of typical and artifical environments with interpretations of slavery and land policy.

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